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By: Sean Tuffnell
Susan G. Komen® takes the health and safety of
breast cancer patients and our supporters, volunteers and staff very
seriously. As such, we are closely
monitoring the news of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and the current
state of cases found across the U.S., following guidance from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities.
This is a fast developing situation, but we
want you to be assured that our top concern is to ensure we have the plans and
resources in place to safeguard the health and well-being of our supporters,
staff and everyone who is a part of our Komen family.
As an organization dedicated to saving lives,
nothing is more important.
With the COVID-19 situation evolving quickly,
we believe we must act decisively. As
such, out of an abundance of caution and to help stem the spread of this
disease in our communities, we and our local Affiliates are working with
local authorities and following available guidance as we explore all possible
options to reschedule, cancel or convert spring events to virtual
Our events provide an opportunity to come
together as a community, share stories, laughter and tears. Yet we know they are more than that. They are an opportunity for people to make an
impact on the lives of their neighbors and future generations. At the end of the day, it’s about what we
make possible together.
At this time, based on the CDC’s guidance
for people who are at higher risk, we also recommend that people living with
breast cancer or who have a compromised immune system not attend any large
gathering and stay home as much as possible, though we recognize that decision
is up to each individual.
We recognize that the facts about COVID-19 are
still emerging, and that the uncertainty can be unsettling. We are committed to
providing updates to you, your families, and our volunteers as new information
What is COVID-19?
The new coronavirus was first detected in
China in late 2019. This coronavirus has been named SARS-CoV-2. It causes the
respiratory disease COVID-19 (which stands for coronavirus disease 2019).
The new coronavirus has spread to many
countries, including the U.S. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. However, some
cases are severe and can lead to death. People who are older or who have other
health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, appear more
at risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
For the latest information on the coronavirus,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Common symptoms of coronavirus are:
These symptoms tend to appear 2-14 days after
exposure to coronavirus. However, a person may be contagious before symptoms
If you have symptoms and have traveled to
an affected country or
have been in contact with someone who’s been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
To avoid being exposed to coronavirus, the CDC
If I have breast cancer, is there anything
else I should do?
Older people and people of all ages with
severe underlying conditions – like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes,
for example – seem to be at higher risk for developing serious COVID-19
Breast cancer patients are among those who are
at high risk of serious illness because their immune systems are often weakened
by cancer and its treatments – particularly chemotherapy.
There are no additional precautions for people
with cancer or their caregivers. If you
don’t have symptoms, you don’t need a facemask. The CDC recommends facemasks only be used by people who have symptoms of
COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
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